Anna Hope

The Ballroom
  • The Ballroom

  • Anna Hope

    A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK AUTUMN 2016

    'Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I’ve ever read' DINAH JEFFERIES, author of The Tea-Planter's Wife


    'Compelling, elegant and insightful' Observer
    'Beautifully wrought, tender, heartbreaking' Sunday Express 5/5
    'Moving, fascinating' Times
    'A tender and absorbing love story' Daily Mail

    'Unsentimental and affecting' Sunday Times

    'Exquisitely good' Metro


    1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors,
    where men and women are kept apart
    by high walls and barred windows,
    there is a ballroom vast and beautiful.
    For one bright evening every week
    they come together
    and dance.
    When John and Ella meet
    It is a dance that will change
    two lives forever.

    Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a historical love story. It tells a page-turning tale of dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

ANNA HOPE was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford University and RADA. She is the acclaimed author of WAKE and THE BALLROOM. EXPECTATION, her first contemporary novel, is about what it means to be female in the world today. She lives with her family in Kent. Follow her on Twitter @Anna_Hope